Shootingboard/Bench Hook

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Project by Threeseamonsters posted 02-24-2008 01:47 AM 3738 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple little project, but I’m just starting out and I’m learning how to use a bunch of different tools so I thought I’d share my progress.

I found this article…

...and followed it with a few small mods.

I did this completely with hand tools including milling the stock. Why? I’m a glutton for punishment I guess… plus, I’m interested in older techniques… as well as the peace and quiet it affords.

The wood used is hard maple and cocobolo (I inlaid a piece of cocobolo to fix some tearout on the dado). Finished with BLO and wax.

I used the following tools:
Stanley no. 5 plane with cambered blade for dimensioning
Clifton no. 4 smoothing plane
Stanley no. 78 Fillister plane for rabbets
Stanley no. 45 combination plane for dado and groove on planing step
squares, marking gauges, scrapers

-- jn

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 01:48 AM

Nice, I’ll bet it’s accurate.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 01:56 AM

I bet you’re a lot more satisified doing it by hand, huh? Good job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 02:22 AM

Well done Monsters.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 04:14 AM

Ain’t workin’ with old tools fun? I too am hooked on doing it all with hand tools whenever I can. I also like being able to hear the tunes while I work. I read Krenov’s books starting out, I’m still not big on his style, but his philosophy—definitely. As someone else said, “With machiines, you process wood, with hand tools, you work the wood.” It’s an important learning process that should be embraced whenever possible. The sooner the better.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 05:10 AM

Hand tools are the most enjoyable part of woodworking period! Enjoy treemonster Blkcherry

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 05:20 PM

I like anybody who uses hand tools. Your skill is tested there. Very nice job

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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